School Counselors

Posted Oct. 19, 2017

No More ‘Us’ and ‘Them.’ Just Great Schools. Period.

Walking through the hallways of Broome Street Academy Charter High School (BSA) in lower Manhattan, you get the sense that Head of School Barbara McKeon knows the…

By Jessica Mokhiber

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Posted Sep. 18, 2017

I Got to Be a Fly on the Wall in a Room Full of Teachers

On a recent afternoon, I spent two hours listening to eight public school teachers talk about their work. All but one of them teaches in…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 15, 2017

The Tragic Tension Between College and Career Readiness

What’s the right approach: Counsel all graduating seniors to go to college, including the students who can’t afford it or may be unprepared academically or…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted June 7, 2017

What Do Baltimore Parents Want? Advanced Academics and Help Choosing Schools

When it comes to school choice, opportunity in theory isn’t enough. We must ensure that families have the know-how to exercise choice wisely and that…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 5, 2017

My Mom (and KIPP) Don’t Just Hope for Me to Go to College, They Expect It

My family is from the Dominican Republic. I was raised by a single parent in a low-income household. My mother has been set on me going to college. She doesn’t hope for it—she expects it, especially since my older sister graduated from college and is now in grad school. I’m going to be the second person in my family to graduate from college.…

By Fernando Barrientos

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Posted May 2, 2017

Chicago’s New Graduation Requirement Can Work, If Students Have the Support They Need

This June, Back of the Yards College Prep High School in Chicago will hold its first graduation ceremony. It’s a brand-new neighborhood high school where…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 24, 2017

I Was Born in a Refugee Camp in Kenya and Now I’ll Be the First in My Family to Attend College

In 1992, my family escaped the civil war in Somalia and we were randomly selected to live in a refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. I was born in that camp in 1998.…

By Hawo Ibrahim

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Posted Apr. 24, 2017

I Do More Before 9 a.m. Than Most People All Day. I’m a KIPP College Counselor.

If you’re the first person to go to college in your family, then it can be an overwhelming, exciting, scary, awesome time. You still need the support of the people who’ve been there with you from the beginning.…

By Roneshia Ray

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Posted Apr. 17, 2017

It’s Bigger Than Teaching, It’s Love: How KIPP Is Getting Students To and Through College

KIPP Through College addresses the seemingly small, often overlooked hardships that can derail low-income, first-generation college students.…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017

I’ve Got an Idea for How We Can Spend Chance The Rapper’s $1 Million

Chance The Rapper announced that he would donate $1 million to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system. The announcement is big news, and hopefully will…

By Jennifer Hartmann

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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